UN climate change conference must move forward: UN chief


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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday that the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Egypt (COP27) must achieve broad progress, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

“COP27 must show that the world is making progress on all pillars of the Paris Agreement. We urgently need to address loss and damage in a meaningful and credible way,” he said in a video message to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) breakfast leaders.

Losses and damage are happening now – at 1.1 degrees of warming. Floods in Pakistan have inundated a third of the country, he said. “We can only imagine the fate of small islands if we exceed 1.5 degrees. Two degrees of warming is unthinkable and must be avoided at all costs.”

“We need a targeted, ambitious global response, including how to finance loss and damage, beyond our capacity to adapt,” he said. “Polluters must pay. At the same time, we need to address access to finance. Grants and concessional funding currently do not take into account the unique vulnerabilities of your islands.”

AOSIS has long advocated for the highest level of climate ambition, often leading by example, he said. “You’ve also brought solutions and built consensus. Your voices, as climate leaders, problem solvers and bridge builders, are needed now more than ever.”

The United Nations will continue to push for more ambition and climate action from all, especially the Group of 20, which accounts for 80 percent of global emissions.

He will continue to call for a renewable energy revolution and for developed countries to provide developing countries with the finance and technology they need to transition to a net-zero and climate-resilient future, he said.

“We will continue to encourage developed countries to meet their US$100 billion climate finance commitment. We will push for developed countries to clarify their commitment in Glasgow this year to double adaptation finance. And we will work to ensure your eligibility and access to it finances,” Guterres said.

“You can count on the continued support of the United Nations for your priorities, as well as the priorities of all developing countries,” he said.

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